Daily Dispatch 1/30/19
January 30, 2019
The 17 members of the bipartisan dog-and-pony show meets for the first time this afternoon in room HC-5 in the Capitol basement to negotiate a deal on the border wall. No one is particularly optimistic that they can produce something that a mercurial president is guaranteed to like. Some members are trying to thrown in some nonsense about debt limits and spending restrictions, but most agree that this would just leave more room for disagreements and deal-breakers. Same goes for DACA protections and TPS. Outside this committee, lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would ban government shutdowns. This has some support from both sides, but there’s still no reason to think it will go anywhere.
But who cares about any of that when there is MUCH BIGGER NEWS!!?!
Much Bigger News:
As you know by now, many of Trump’s favorite border stories seem to be apocryphal: immigrants with “stronger, bigger, and faster vehicles” than CBP; prayer rugs being found in the southern desert; women and children duct-taped in vans. CBP can’t seem to back-up these claims, so where do they come from?
Well, the internet has finally figured it out.
Ready? All of these stories come from the 2018 action movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado. The president gets his “facts” about the “emergency” at the border from a movie with 61% on Metacritic (63% on Rotten Tomatoes). Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are Trump’s top border security advisors. Here’s the proof:
“They have the best vehicles you can buy. They have stronger, bigger, and faster vehicles than our police have, than ICE has, than Border Patrol has.”
WATCH: Trump argues that we need a border wall to stop migrants just driving right across in their "unbelievable vehicles... stronger, bigger, and faster vehicles than our police have, than ICE has" pic.twitter.com/b04eEKuL0I— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 9, 2019
This has to be what trump watched because it also has a scene where Mexican cars are better than our border agencies cars... pic.twitter.com/oMVJ4m1eJG— ALT- Immigration 🛂 “immi” (@ALT_uscis) January 28, 2019
“We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal.”
Border rancher: “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal.” Washington Examiner People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
This is the scene pic.twitter.com/ZTwEyAim6y— ALT- Immigration 🛂 “immi” (@ALT_uscis) January 28, 2019
“Women are tied up. They are bound. Duct tape put around their faces and around their mouths. In many cases, they can’t even breathe and put in the back of cars, vans, or trucks.”
And 25 minutes into the movie, we are at taped women in the back of a van.— ALT- Immigration 🛂 “immi” (@ALT_uscis) January 28, 2019
The president gets his immigration crisis information from on-demand. pic.twitter.com/tYmJQbFrGA
“If they come through the ports, people will see four women sitting in a van with tape around their face and around their mouths.”
And 90 minutes into the movie. The duct tape over their faces shows up. I am convinced this movie was trump’s border crisis research pic.twitter.com/DijnXkrHfs— ALT- Immigration 🛂 “immi” (@ALT_uscis) January 28, 2019
Wow. Just... woooow.
Here’s MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow breaking it down:
And here’s The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert sending it up:
From Politico: “'Several thousand' more troops preparing to deploy to the border, Shanahan says”
From CNN: “Undocumented former Trump workers ask Congress for protection”
From the Texas Tribune: “Texas quietly informs counties that some of the 95,000 voters flagged for citizenship review don't belong on the list”
From WaPo: “Trump’s company plans to expand check of employees’ legal status following report that it hired undocumented workers for years”
From Axios: “Inside Kushner’s immigration plans”